Podcast: Stuart Bailie – Trouble Songs

Music journalist Stuart Bailie’s new book Trouble Songs will be officially published in May, but it’s already starting to stir conversations and commentary. He takes on difficult stories from our history since the mid-1960s at the place where music meets social and political change and through interviews and analysis tries to understand and explain what happened.

It will be in the shops around now, but you can also order it on the web at TroubleSongs.com

FutureLearn Courses

Its website says “FutureLearn aims to pioneer the best social learning experiences for everyone, anywhere.” With leading educational partners from around the world, it offers hundreds of courses. “Podcasting” isn’t one of them, but there are a few relevant courses that might interest a podcaster.

Not everyone uses music in their podcasts and not all of this taster course will be relevant to podcasters, but I thought someone might find Music Copyright and Me useful.

Podcasting for Journalism Students book

Podcasting for Journalism Students Second Edition – Free Copy

I have thought about distributing this through the podcast, but as people expect an audio file, not a PDF, I decided it was better to post this PDF here and allow anyone to download it … for a short time at least.

Podcasting for Journalism Students bookIt is available on Kindle and as a paperback

The book is for young, trainee, or student journalists not specialising in broadcast media. It is an introduction to “making content”, podcasting and broadcasting whether you want to understand production on a professional level or simply because you want to create podcasts for fun or add something useful to your CV.

Irish Times – Podcasts and Digital First

Like the Guardian Newspaper – which is owned by the Scott Trust – the Irish Times Trust gives the publisher greater scope than those with more commercial obligations. In the digital age, it was one of the first 30 newspapers in the world to go online when it had the domain Ireland.com – now owned by the Irish Tourism – and now, it is becoming a digital first publication.

Declan Conlon is The Irish Times’s podcast producer. We met in their radio studio in a converted office just off the main newsroom.

Radio and podcast production – week 4

A podcast will have a running order which communicates to everyone involved what is planned and what is happening. The running order starts out the prospects owned by the producer which also keeps everyone informed about the progress of the show’s production.

Radio and podcast production – week 3

Recording away from the studio. There are all sorts of reasons why you would record outside. A podcast episode can benefit from changes in tone and atmosphere. Reporting from a place rather than just about a place can give context to the story. It can add new textures and make the episode more interesting.

Radio and podcast production – week 2

“Having an intention is really important. The intention [of The Radio Stuff Podcast] was and is to connect radio lovers around the world and share great ideas and be as positive about the radio industry as we can. It’s really about following our curiosities and talking to interesting people.” This section asks you to identify the purpose of your podcast. If you like, leave it for now and come back once you have read the rest of the book. The purpose will always be central to whatever you do.

Episode 21 – The story so far

As we reach episode 21 … this is the story so far. Now the podcast is part of a project with two books Podcasting for Communities and Podcasting for Student Journalists.

Along with this blog they are a guide for anyone who wants learn to produce podcasts or community radio. I’ve looked at production strategies such as structure, technical challenges, organising a production team, podcast platforms, community management and purpose

Some recent listening

I have been listening to a lot of good stuff recently and I should share more often.

For now I’m going to mention two, one a BBC Radio Drama the other a long standing US podcast.

Maxine Mawhinney talks about interviewing

As an anchor on the BBC News channel, Maxine Mawhinney probably spends more time interviewing than anything else. The interviewees will be in the studio or remote – somewhere else in the country or really, anywhere in the world. Maxine shares tips on interviewing and presenting.

Opinion: a new iPhone podcasting app

A friend – a journalist with decades of experience – asked me about starting a podcast – but nothing too complicated. She needed a simple podcasting tool that didn’t require a lot of setting up, carrying equipment, or lots of faffing around.

The resurrection of Fact Checking

Last week I gave a lecture at the university of Ljubljana about post-fact, post-truth, hyperpartisan Facebook pages and the resurrection of fact-checking. It was timely. The obsession of the media – well, the part of the US media that gets fed into my Twitter and Facebook feeds – all through last week has been with fact-checking. Here are some excerpts from the lecture

Olly Mann interview

It’s more than 10 years since Olly Mann began podcasting. He is now one of the most prolific and popular podcasters in the UK. He and Helen Zaltzman started Answer Me This when hardly anyone recognised the word podcast.

The most wonderful thing I have ever heard …

Driven away from morning radio current affairs in this run up to the referendum by lies, exaggerations, appalling condescension and guesses presented as fact, I am re-discovering podcasts. Here are some favourites that have brightened my mornings and evenings now that Today and PM are abandoned.